To say the Arizona Cardinals have a rich history is an understatement. In fact, they’re the oldest continuously-run football organization in the United States.
Since its early beginnings as an amateur team in 1898, the team eventually joined the NFL but has struggled to truly establish itself in the modern era. The Cardinals have never won a Super Bowl and have only one conference title to their credit.
Even though the Cardinals aren’t the winningest team in the league, there are a few interesting ways to bet on them if you pay attention to the stats and trends.
In this team guide to the Arizona Cardinals, we’ll take a look at how the team stacks up in the NFC West and dive into such topics as:
- Betting tips and advice for the Cardinals.
- Arizona Cardinals major historical accomplishments.
- Comprehensive team stats including owners, team value, location and lots more.
Arizona Cardinals Team History
The Arizona Cardinals played their first game in the NFL in 1920 as the Chicago Cardinals and they’re one of only two of the NFL’s original charter members that are still playing today, the other being the Chicago Bears. But the Cardinal’s history actually started more than two decades before in 1898 as an amateur team called the Morgan Athletic Club.
The Cardinals won two league championships in 1925 and 1947 but have not won a Super Bowl in the Modern era. In 1960 the team moved to St. Louis and moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1988.
The Cardinal’s lone NFC Championship victory was in 2008 but they lost in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers, three NFC West division titles, and 11 playoff appearances. They played the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, losing 27-23 after giving up a late touchdown to WR Santonio Holmes.
The Cardinals have never had a true franchise quarterback, although that may soon change recently with the drafting of Kyler Murray. Some of the organization’s biggest names include Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, and Jim Hart.
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How much are the Arizona Cardinals worth?
During the 2017 season, the Cardinals organization generated $380 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.2 billion.
Who owns the Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals are owned by William Bidwill.
When did the Arizona Cardinals become a team?
The organization played its first season in 1920 under the name Chicago Cardinals. The franchise has been known as the Arizona Cardinals since 1994.
Have the Arizona Cardinals Won a Super Bowl?
No, the team has not won a Super Bowl.
What stadium and city do the Arizona Cardinals play in?
Since 2006, the Cardinals have played at the State Farm Stadium, located in Glendale, Arizona.
Where do the Cardinals have training camp?
The club holds training camp at State Farm Stadium.
What is the Arizona Cardinals mascot?
Big Red is the official mascot of the Arizona Cardinals.
What are the Arizona Cardinals team colors?
The Cardinals wear cardinal red, black, and white.
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All-Time Team Leaders
|Games played||Larry Fitzgerald |
|Passing Yards||Jim Hart||34,639|
|Passing TDs||Jim Hart||209|
|Receiving Yards||Larry Fitzgerald||16,279|
|Receiving TDs||Larry Fitzgerald||116|
|Rushing Yards||Ottis Anderson||7,999|
|Rushing TDs||Ottis Anderson||46|
|Sacks||Freddie Joe Nunn||66.5|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Jim Bakken||1,380|
Tips for Betting on Arizona Cardinals
The 2018 season couldn’t have gone much worse for the Arizona Cardinals. They finished dead last in the league in wins (3), points per game (14.1), and yards per game (241.6), and ended the season losing seven of their last eight games.
Quarterback Josh Rosen started the majority of the games for the Cardinals while running back David Johnson handled most of the carries in what was definitely a down year for the talented tailback.
As one would expect after a down season, the Cardinals made major changes in the offseason. Head coach Steve Wilks was fired once the season ended and replaced by former Texas Tech head coach, Kilff Kingsbury. Then, with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cardinals drafted their new franchise Quarterback, Kyler Murray. Rosen, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2018, was traded to Miami shortly after the Murray selection. Simply put, it’s a brand new era in the desert.
Despite posting a league-worst 3-13 record in 2018, the Cardinals were in the middle of the pack against the spread and the over/under. In 2019 the arrival of Murray and Kingsbury should immediately boost an offense that didn’t score more than 28 points in a single game last season.
- Running back David Johnson is hoping to bounce back after a statistically down season, while Larry Fitzgerald leads a receiving core that looks awfully short in terms of depth.
- The NFC West looks competitive again this season, with the Rams and Seahawks challenging for the division title, and the 49ers hope a returning Jimmy Garoppolo can help them get over the hump.
It may be tough for the Cardinals to compete for a playoff spot this season, but they’ve continually given these divisional rivals fits over the last few seasons, including taking both games vs. San Francisco in 2018.
Here are some key numbers for bettors to focus on:
- The Cardinals were almost dead even vs the spread last season, going 7-8-1, finishing the year with a 46.7 cover percentage.
- The Cardinals were below average when it came to hitting overs last season, ending the year with a 43.8 over percentage and 56.2 under percentage.
- Four of the Cardinals seven covers last season came within the division, going 4-0 vs. the Seahawks and 49ers. They only play one divisional game in the first half of the 2019 season (week four at Seattle).
Start Betting on the Arizona Cardinals Now
Sports betting is currently not legal in Arizona, preventing bettors to legally place money on the Cardinals within the state. However, this could change before the start of the new season, as sports betting legalization is gaining momentum amongst Arizona State lawmakers and a legislation bill was proposed earlier this year.
- A bill, introduced by Sen. Sonny Borrelli on January 23, 2019, would legally bring sports betting to Arizona with exclusive rights to the local tribal casinos.
- Should the bill pass, bettors will be able to place wagers at kiosks in sporting and drinking establishments sanctioned by the state and tribal compacts.
If you live in one of the many other US states that have already legalized sports betting, you can put real money bets down on the Cardinals right now.